Impeachment complaint laban kay Pangulong Aquino, hindi sagabal sa pagpasa sa mga priority bills — Rep. Ridon

admin   •   July 31, 2014   •   2773

“Kahit ma-defeat yung impeachment, may 2016 naman tayong inaantay. Kung si President Arroyo nga nakulong on the basis of a marginal note dun sa PCSO, marginal note lang yun ha, eto nag-apruba siya ng 117 projects — pasok yung technical malversation doon.” — Kabataan Partylist Representative Terry Ridon (UNTV News)

“Kahit ma-defeat yung impeachment, may 2016 naman tayong inaantay. Kung si President Arroyo nga nakulong on the basis of a marginal note dun sa PCSO, marginal note lang yun ha, eto nag-apruba siya ng 117 projects — pasok yung technical malversation doon.” — Kabataan Partylist Representative Terry Ridon (UNTV News)

MANILA, Philippines — Walang katotohanan ang agam-agam ng ilan na makakaapekto sa pagpasa ng ilang priority bills ang pagsasampa sa kamara ng impeachment complaint laban kay Pangulong Benigno Aquino III.

Ayon kay Kabataan Partylist Replresentative Terry Ridon, isang paraan lamang ito upang iligaw ang atensyon ng publiko.

“Magkakaibang mga komite ang pupuntahan ng mga yan.”

Ayon sa mambabatas, kung tutuusin kayang ipasa sa maikling panahon ang mga priority bill gaya ng Freedom of Information (FOI) bill, Whistle Blowers Act, at Bangsamoro Basic Law kung gugustuhin ng Pangulo.

“Kung hindi naman yan tinutulugan o inuupuan ng mga kaalyado ng president nitong mga nakaraang buwan napasa na ho yan. In fact pagka mga priority measures napapasa agad in two weeks. Yung supplemental budget napasa yan in two weeks,” saad pa nito.

Umaasa ang mambabatas na hindi uupuan ang naturang reklamo ng justice committee ng Kamara.

Ayon sa rules ng kongreso, oras na makapasa sa first reading ang impeachment complaint, dadalhin na ito sa justice committee upang dinggin at pagbotohan kung may sapat na basehan.

May 60 session days ang justice committee upang talakayin ang reklamo.

Kapag pumasa sa komite, dadalhin ito sa plenaryo at kung makakakuha ng 1/3 vote mula sa mga kongresista ay dadalhin na ito sa Senado na magsisilbing impeachment court.
Subalit sa ngayon ay nasa committee on rules pa ang impeachment complaint upang maikalendaryo para maisalang sa first reading.

“Kahit ma defeat yung impeachment may 2016 naman tayong inaantay. Kung si President Arroyo nga nakulong on the basis of a marginal note dun sa PCSO, marginal note lang yun ha, eto nag apruba siya ng 117 projects pasok yung technical malversation doon,” ani Ridon.

Samantala, idinipensa naman ni Ridon ang ginawang pag walkout ng Makabayan Bloc sa Kamara noong nakaraang State of the Nation Address ni Pangulong Aquino.

Ito ay kaugnay ng planong paimbestigahan sa ethics committee ang walk out na sinasabing kawalang respeto sa SONA.

Paliwanag nito, “Yung ethics kasi to a certain extent may rules doon which the legislators ought to conform to with respect to decorum. I think there is nothing their that prohibits anyone from walking out in fact people go to and fro the plenary session during regular sessions.” (Victor Cosare / Ruth Navales, UNTV News)

Esperon hopes petition to Comelec vs. partylist groups resolved before 2022 polls

Maris Federez   •   August 16, 2021

 

MANILA, Philippines — National Security Adviser Secretary Hermogenes Esperon, Jr. hopes that the Commission on Elections (Comelec) will resolve the two separate petitions filed by the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC) before the 2022 National Elections.

“Since there will be a registration of parties for the coming elections, we certainly pray and are confident that the COMELEC will resolve these petitions,” Esperon said.

The NTF-ELCAC believes the two petitions they filed before Comelec is a national security issue that needs to be resolved immediately.

The government task force filed separate petitions against Gabriela Women’s Party and Kabataan Partylist groups for the cancellation of their registration in the partylist system for violating the election law and the Constitution.

According to NTF-ELCAC spokesperson Atty. Marlon Bosantog who filed the petitions, they have evidence that Kabataan Partylist is linked to CPP-NPA-NDF.

“We have a witness from the time it was created, to its constitution, to its purpose. We have witnesses that testify the recruitment of the Kabataan Partylist as a funnel of NPA fighters,” Bosantog said.

“We have testimonies to show that the current sitting representative of Kabataan Partylist personally recruited and inform them to go to the mountains and bear arms against the government,” he added.

On August 12, National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon testified before Comelec 2nd Division via teleconference regarding the task force’s petition against Gabriela Partylist.

NTF-ELCAC said Gabriela is receiving financial assistance from a foreign government and from non-government organizations which violates the Constitution and Comelec rules.

“And upon further verification by AMLC, we found out that Gabriela has been receiving funds from the Belgian government as well as Belgian NGO as well as other NGO’s in Europe,” Esperon said.

However, Gabriela Partylist Representative Arlene Brosas refuted the allegations, accusing the ELCAC of spreading lies.

“Puro mga kasinungalingan. Kung anu-anong claims po ang mga sinasabi sa atin diyan sa pagkakaso sa atin sa COMELEC dahil ang gusto talaga ay hindi tayo makatakbo,” Brosas said.

Kabataan partylist group, meanwhile, has yet to comment on the issue. —/mbmf (with details from UNTV Correspondent Nel Maribojoc)

PH Supreme Court orders flags in courthouses at half-mast to honor Aquino

Robie de Guzman   •   June 24, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Supreme Court (SC) on Thursday ordered courthouses across the country to lower all flags at half-staff to honor the late former President Benigno Aquino III.

“The Supreme Court of the Philippines orders all flags in courthouses nationwide be flown at half-mast beginning today in view of the passing of former President Benigno Simeon Aquino III,” the SC Public Information Office said.

Three of the 14 incumbent SC justices – Estela Perlas Bernabe, Marvic Leonen, and Alfredo Benjamin Caguioa – were appointed by Aquino when he served as the country’s president from 2010 to 2016.

Aquino passed away Thursday morning at the age of 61.

His family said Aquino died “peacefully in his sleep” at 6:30 a.m. from renal disease secondary to diabetes.

PH military flags fly at half-mast for former President Noynoy Aquino

Robie de Guzman   •   June 24, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — All flags in military camps across the country will be flown at half-mast in honor of former President Benigno Simeon Aquino III, the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) said.

In a video message on Thursday, AFP Spokesperson Marine Major General Edgard Arevalo said the Philippine military is one with the nation in grieving the death of Aquino.

“The Armed Forces of the Philippines joins the Filipino nation as it grieves for the death of former President Benigno Simeon Aquino III,” Arevalo said.

“As your soldiers, airmen, sailors, marines, reservists and civilian human resource unite in prayer with our kababayans, all the national flags in military camps across the country will be flown at half-mast to show our gesture of mourning for the death of a former chief executive and commander-in-chief of the Armed Forces of the Philippines,” he added.

The former chief executive passed away on Thursday morning after he succumbed to renal disease secondary to diabetes. He was 61 years old.

The Department of National Defense earlier remembered Aquino as a leader who recognized the importance of upgrading the Philippine military’s capability.

It was during Aquino’s time when the AFP started its modernization program.

“President Aquino advocated the strengthening of our defense and security capabilities to support national development,” the DND said.

“We extend our deepest sympathies to the Aquino clan during this difficult time,” it added.

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